U13 Girls’ Hockey 2011 wonderful but they just struggled to get the shots past Princethorpe’s
keeper. Overall, we had accumulated some fantastic wins for both
We began the season by making the initial squad selections from squads and the girls had proved themselves to be great ambassadors
the 5th and 6th Form girls. The 5th Form girls integrated easily and for our school, both on and off the pitch, with their wonderful
complemented what was already a strong group of talented girls. attitudes towards their opponents and formidable team spirit.
Our ﬁrst few games were 7- a-side ﬁxtures and these gave me a good The pinnacle of the season came at the Gresham’s Festival. The 1st
opportunity to really look at combinations and speciﬁc positions. We squad was full of enthusiasm and excitement and this was evident
got off to a good start but it was obvious that I needed to make some in the way they played throughout the whole weekend. The girls
adjustments. Once the girls had settled into their allotted squads, the won all of their 7-a-side games and lost just one 11-a-side game in
victories started to come as the girls really began to gel together. the outside tournament. The squad was split into two equal teams
for the indoor tournament where the B team went on to the semi-
Our ﬁrst encounter with the 11-a-side format came at the County ﬁnals after some heart-stopping penalty strokes. They played some
prelims. We were drawn in a very difﬁcult pool with the likes of outstanding hockey against Millﬁeld in the ﬁnal and were crowned
Princethorpe, Bablake and King Henry’s. However, the girls proved their tournament champions. Throughout the festival, the girls showed
versatility and we went through to the ﬁnals as winners of the group. real commitment to both their sport and, more importantly, their
school. The girls stood out to others as a proud and happy troop.
The ﬁnal was held at Bablake and the tension was high. We were We received many wonderful compliments from the tournament
conﬁdent that we could beat Stratford Grammar but knew that organisers and justiﬁably so. This was a lovely end to my ﬁrst season
King’s High had won the competition 8 times in the past and that and I thank all of the girls for working so hard, both in our games
they had numerous County players in their squad. As predicted, sessions and in all of our matches.
it was King’s High and ourselves in the ﬁnal; the BG girls pulled
through and ﬁnished as well deserved winners of the County MM
Championship. This success gave us a real boost and the squad
seemed to be ready to take on anyone. Our conﬁdence was so 1st X1 squad: Phoebe Barwell*, Mary Bletsoe*, Charlotte
high that we played one of our best games of the season against Brumpton*, Rosie Burbidge, Ella Davenport, Evie Drew*, Kathryn
Winchester House; we came away with an awesome win and huge Francis, Emma Nobes*, Skylar Martle, Amelia Tarrant, Georgina
smiles on our faces! Vartan*, Catherine Winterton and Henrietta Wood.
Our ﬁxture against Princethorpe proved to be another excellent win 2nd X1 squad: Genna Aulakh, Olivia Baker, Georgia Butcher,
for the 1st team but, unfortunately, the 2nd team could not quite Tabitha Churchill, Lucy Hayes, Holly Mansell, Hester Fitzroy
ﬁnd the back of the net. Their attacking and defensive play was Newdegate, Alice Park and Molly Smith.
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